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Electricity Pricing

Section 18 of the Utilities Regulatory Authority Act No 11 of 2007 empowers the URA to determine the maximum price that may be charged in relation to any aspect of a regulated service.

The URA must take into consideration the price of similar services in comparable locations when determining prices.

The URA also aims to find the right balance between the interests of consumers of Vanuatu, the regulated utilities and the Government. Tariff reviews assess the continuing appropriateness of tariffs in terms of their level and structure.

Consumers should not pay more than necessary for electricity services of a given standard.

Utilities should be able to charge tariffs in such a manner that allows it to cover all its costs, which includes operating, maintenance and investment costs.

The Government of Vanuatu should be able to meet its need for long term growth and economic development, and tariff should support improvements and future investments in electricity supply.

The price in Port Vila and on Malekula and Tanna islands is based on the URA’s tariff review that came out in 2011. The utility uses a formula adjusting prices, which means that the base tariff changes each month (see Tariff Adjustments page).

For more information on how the URA determined the maximum price during its last tariff review, read the Final Decision.

The concession in Luganville has a slightly different tariff given that the utility currently operates under a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Government in November 2010; see the Final Determination. This concession is directly subjected to the URA's decisions, unlike the other concession contracts, which were signed before the regulator's office was established.

The tariff this month: September 2017

- Port Vila, Malekula, Tanna: VT 47.34

Pacific Region Electricity Bills

The Utilities Regulatory Authority released it's third electricity bill comparison report for the Pacific island countries and terriories.

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) Comparative Report June 2017

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) Comparative Report June 2016

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) Comparative Report June 2015

For more information on what constitutes the price, see the Monthly Energy Market Snapshots below.

Diesel Pricing for Electricity Services

The Utilities Regulatory Authority released a report on diesel pricing for electricity services.

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) Diesel pricing for Electricity Service report - June 2016

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) Diesel pricing for Electricity Service report


 

Monthly Energy Market Snapshots

Learn more about how much electricity is produced in each concession area in Vanuatu and which energy sources are used.

 

Energy Market Report 2017

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) January Report

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) February Report

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) March Report

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) April Report

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) May Report

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) June Report

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) July Report

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) August Report


Energy Market Report 2016

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) January Report

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) February Report

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) March Report

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) April Report

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) May Report

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) June Report

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) July Report

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) August Report

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) September Report

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) October Report

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) November Report

Download this file (Media release No. 4 August 2009.pdf) December Report